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U.S. export shippers again name APL top-ranked ocean carrier

For the fourth time since rankings began in 2007, U.S. agricultural exporters have named APL the world’s top container shipping line. The award, presented here last week by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, was shared with two competing lines: Hong Kong-based OOCL and K Line of Japan.

For Singapore-based APL, it was a return to the top rung after missing by a narrow margin in 2011. “We’re grateful for this recognition because it comes from the shippers themselves – our customers,” said APL Americas President Gene Seroka.

Coalition members – shippers of agriculture and forest products – are asked to rate container carriers on a variety of measures. The criteria include bookings, terminal service, documentation and on-time reliability. APL has finished atop the coalition’s rankings every year but two.

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APL is a global container shipping business offering more than 80 weekly services and more than 500 calls at more than 140 ports worldwide. It combines world-class intermodal operations with leading-edge IT and e-commerce. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), global shipping and logistics company.